A bead stitcher takes on wire weaving

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What I learned at the 2017 Bead&Button show

The Bead&Button show is always a special time of the year for me. Taking classes, meeting contributors from the past year, chatting with beaders from around the world, seeing friends that I only see once a year, and of course shopping! 

This year was extra special because two of my dearest friends and former associate editors of Bead&Button were both attending the show this year. Jane Danley Cruz was there to do a book signing for her new book Dragons, Crystals, & Chainmaile. Her next book, Ready, Set, Bead!, will be out soon, so keep your eyes open for that one. Cassie Donlen was also there. Cassie left our cold winters last year for a much warmer life by the beach. Who can blame her! It was so good to see and spend time with both of them. 

One of the classes I took this year was a wire finger weaving class taught by Scott Mason. This class intrigued me. I haven’t worked too much with wire, and I had no idea how we were going to make this tightly woven weave with no tools! But with Scott’s excellent instructions and hands-on demonstrations, it was a breeze. The class was supposed to make a necklace, but I decided to make a wrap bracelet instead. Scott also explained how to use this technique with colored wire along with different size wire. I would recommend Scott’s class to anyone interested in learning this fun and easy technique, especially those who are wire-challenged, like me!

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